source Meetings Meetings are the first Tuesday of every month, at pm Your participation is encouraged. Please contact us for more details. Bylaws Bylaws. Primary Activities Encourage and assist homeowners to prepare for wildfires Reduce hazardous fuels along roads and fire trails Coordinate with other fire prevention agencies Fund raising. Board Members Login. Large wild land fires throughout Northern California are a big wake-up call for many in the South Skyline community, particularly those who saw the fire from their homes! It was also a wake-up call to our insurance companies who are tightening their standards for homeowners insurance.
Notices of non-renewal are no longer uncommon 2 months notice seems to be standard. That requires searching for a new insurance company and facing new, updated criteria to qualify for homeowners insurance. Many homeowners are working toward the ft.
Besides, it is good practice for your self-preservation. This information on options for achieving your clearing and on estimating costs is to help you choose your best approach for obtaining your defensible space. South Skyline FireSafe Council conducts assistance programs from time to time, and coordinates with other FireSafe Councils to help homeowners achieve defensible space on their property.
Note that the ft. In a fire storm any fire engine that comes to protect your house will most likely be a large city engine, not the nimble Cal Fire engines which will be off fighting the main fire. Of course have your fire hydrant marked with a very visible blue reflector free from the South Skyline Volunteer Fire and Rescue as advertised in the Skylines. If you have a difficult site to defend the firefighters are likely to continue on to the next home. A pile of tree root balls left to rot is unsightly and will last for generations! It takes big holes to bury them, taking about an 1 hour's tractor work to bury 5 or 10 cubic yards of root balls.
You don't want to dig holes on potentially unstable land. But, if you have good site s to do this it is probably much less expensive than hauling them away. There will be a bit of subsidence of the site in time and the site cannot be built on or ditched through. The other option is to have them hauled to a dump that will take them, not a cheap process.
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Please contact us for more details Bylaws Bylaws Primary Activities Encourage and assist homeowners to prepare for wildfires Reduce hazardous fuels along roads and fire trails Coordinate with other fire prevention agencies Fund raising Board Members Login Navigation. First, determine what you think you need to clear partial or total to meet the ft defensible space and driveway clearance.
Review the 20 page pamphlet on defensible space requirements, Living With Fire , A Guide for Homeowners' that has been handed out at various SSA meetings and distributed with a past 'Skylines'. Remember, you need a less demanding level of clearance between 30 and ft. While the ft is the law, if you are on or overlooking a hillside you really need more defensible space on the downhill side. Unfortunately, the brochure is a one size fits all and in some situations its clearing descriptions are not very applicable.
You may need a trained professional to advise you. Cal Fire Captains and other personnel trained for this are good, but it is inevitable that their recommendations can vary considerably. How much area are you dealing with? For a house 70 ft. The area between 30 and ft is just about 1 acre, 43, square feet. What will be the most effective, least expensive way for you to achieve your defensible space, and then maintain it? Note that one option available to public lands is not available to private landowners, prescribed burning. Almond Marsh Almond Marsh forest preserve is a wonderful place to bird, particularly in the spring and summer.
Many dabbling ducks migrate through this majestic marsh, as well as thousands of swallows. During the summer, there are breeding populations of double-crested cormorant, great egret, black-crowned night heron, and common moorhen. There is also a very active great blue heron rookery present, giving great views of this majestic bird. With a large variety of habitat, including wetlands and sand dunes, this park hosts a large variety of species.
In the spring, it is a great place for migrant passerines as well as shorebirds and ducks. A variety of species breed within the park, including grasshopper sparrow and dickscissel. During the fall, the state park has many migrant warblers and a hawk watch to view migrant raptors along the lake. Wintering ducks can often be seen on Lake Michigan, including red-throated loon and scoter species. Where is Lake County? Home Partners Contact Us. Top 10 Birdwatching Sites Lake County's natural spaces create a perfect place for bird watching Return to Lake County Outdoor Guide. With these enemies eliminated, hoist the bridge down a bit by using the nearby wheel until you see the chain down on the left, and hold it in place while you destroy the seal to finish knocking the bridge down.
Luckily, these guys are a pushover, and a single runic blast will almost kill all of them nearby.
Once you finish them off, watch for mages that show up on the balconies and take them out with axe throws. Leave your axe behind and start pummeling - or use Spartan Rage to tip the scales in your favor. Climb up, and leave the ruins behind. Be sure to look right to find a big Coffin holding Soft Svartalfheim Steel , and then use the nearby chain to drop down to a lower level. Continue on the main path to a large stone bridge to locate the source: a Dwarf is struggling to get his pack animal across the bridge. At the suggestion of Atreus, throw your axe at the white trees across the bridge, and things will move along to the Dwarven Shop of Brok.
Here you can upgrade existing equipment like the Leviathan Axe, and craft entirely new gear like armor - if you have the coin and ingredients. You should have enough to craft one piece of armor for Kratos and Atreus, and upgrade his bow. After this, you can put your new armor and weapons to the test on a few Draugr that spawn.
Watch for the projectile-throwers along the back as you dance around the Heavy Draugr. Take them out, and get ready to move out.
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Return to the Dwarven Shop and move left past the gate to find a raised bridge you can strike down. This leads down to the path overlooking the locked rune chest you found earlier, and you can finally break open the nearby Hacksilver Chest. Look to left to find a chain to climb down into that tunnel with the sealed gate. Before going down the chain, turn around to find a Raven you can throw your axe at. Now proceed to go down the chain and open up the large Coffin for a Soft Svartalfheim Steel , and then open the far gate for a shortcut.
Return to the main gate and bid Brok farewell as you open the gate using the chain and freeze it in place while you enter. Crawling through the tunnel ahead, it becomes clear that this cave is probably full of dangers, what with the piles of skeletons. Throw your axe once more to keep moving the spikes aside to reach it and grab a Soft Svartalfheim Steel. Up ahead, things look really nasty: A spike pit separates you from a collapsed spiky ceiling.
Hit the panel a few times and then freeze the block below the panel to keep the ceiling in place - for now. More Draugr will appear back across the pit, so leap back and grab your axe if you want or just keep punching until these new reinforcements are gone. Once all the foes are dead, keep the ceiling raised and explore around. You may have broken a wooden barrier in the fight that leads to a Hacksilver Chest.
You can also spot a locked chest above marked with Runes, but leave it for now. To get past this area in one piece, you need to be quick. Stand next to the spike door and call for your axe. Quickly hit it a few times to open a path, then start throwing your axe on the panel to the right of the door to keep the ceiling raised, and refreeze it as soon as you can.
Once across, you can finally call your axe back and let the ceiling go down. Now you can finally leave the cave and head out onto a small plateau that overlooks the mountain in the distance. Head up the path towards a large and imposing portal with two giant statues.
Look around to the left to find some Hacksilver next to a body and climb up a nearby ledge to find a mechanism. This will start moving the rings, head back down to inspect the puzzle. As it turns you can spot some exposed gears, and you can hit with your axe to stop parts of the ring, and pull the axe back when the next-closest ring matches up. This hunt will be shortly interrupted by the arrival of another troll: Brenna Daudi.
This monster is tougher than the first troll you fought, but you have new skills and gear at your disposal. This troll is also infused with fire, and will spew lava at you with its free hand, or create a massive stomp or weapon slam to spread fire in a circle around it. Hang back when it does this and focus on ranged attacks, then run in and attack when the way is clear.
Dodge the similar jabs and slams it does like the last Troll did, and use your runic attack to keep it off balance when it tries to charge up an attack. Activated much like the light runic attack, this will cause a massive area of effect frost damage to hit lots of targets, which can be great with overwhelmed. Be sure to look around the boss arena for more loot. Of on the right side if a small platform you can jump up to find a chest holding Hacksilver.
Further right is a stream you can head up to find a dead body at the end with more Hacksilver. To continue on, look for a torch near a small cave and pass through - stopping to grab some Hacksilver from a dead soldier. On the other side of the cave you can spot the boar Atreus is hunting down below. Drop down, and move up behind Atreus as he prepares his bow. It may not go as planned, but the hunt must go on.
The village seems to be site of a battle between Reavers and Draugr - but it looks like you can help yourself to the loot. Look on the side of the platform you jumped down from for a weak wooden wall to break, and loot the Hacksilver Chest. The nearby hut on the right also hides some Hacksilver - just break down the door to let yourself in. As you make your way to the lone hut further down the path, look to the left for a ledge you can climb up where a Hacksilver Chest is, as well as a bucket hanging above you can knock down. Beware as you approach the last hut, as one of the blue-reavers will jump out to ambush you.
Clobber him into the side of the building to stun and take him out quickly, then grab some Hacksilver inside. Move right at the first fork, and then take the first left down a passage. Run to the next torch and call out to hear him call from the right. Follow the path as it winds through a cave to the other side, ending in another fork in the road.
Head left and keep moving up until you vault over a small obstacle and through a narrow gap into the next area.
Begin your slow walk into the Sanctuary Grove. Leave out the back door and into the garden. The outside opens up to a large river, with a path to the left and right.